Jakkalberry handed HQ date

Trainer desperate for spell of dry weather

Last Updated: 01/07/12 11:44am

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Jakkalberry is set to return to action at the Newmarket July Meeting following his satisfactory performance in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The six-year-old joined Marco Botti late last year and has already made good progress, with an excellent third in the Dubai Sheema Classic his best effort to date.

He made his first start since at Ascot and was far from disgraced in finishing fifth in conditions softer than ideal. The Princess of Wales's Goldsmiths Stakes at Newmarket on July 12 is next on his agenda.

"He has come out of Ascot well and I was happy. I thought he ran a good race," said Botti.

"The ground was unfortunately on the soft side and we know he wants better ground. Perhaps also Ascot is not his track - he might be better suited by somewhere like Newmarket.

"We're aiming him towards the Princess Of Wales's Stakes at the July Meeting. Hopefully the rain will have stopped by then, but you never know. We've been saying that for a while."

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